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Quarter Plate Ambrotype of Mexican General
6/23/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
An unidentified portrait of a distinguished looking army officer wearing a pre-Maximilian uniform, ca 1860. The double breasted coat with shoulder straps is resplendent with two rows of interwoven laurel braid adorning the collar, spread lapels, and wide cuffs. The kepi bears the double row of braids with the symbolic eagle and snake first adopted in 1823 by the Mexican Republic. The straps have been obscured by gilding making it impossible to ascertain this veteran officer’s rank. By 1860 Mexican officer’s uniforms are rife with variation and often highly embellished depending upon the financial means of the owner, i.e. a lieutenant can be mistaken for a colonel and so forth.

AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Further research indicates that this is a Mexican general wearing a general's uniform. Refer to page 127 of Civil War and Revolution on the Rio Grande Frontier, by Lawrence Jones and Jerry Thompson, which features a ca 1867 CDV of General Felipe Berriozbal, who is wearing a general's uniform coat that is absolutely identical to the uniform worn by the general in the ambroype.


Condition:  
The clear plate was originally coated with a reddish cast emulsion on which the photograph was exposed. The finished photograph was then clad with a glass cover and bound with paper seals now missing. Consequently, a portion of the emulsion (lower portion of the table) is now gone from around the lower sides and bottom about 5/8” in from the edge. The subject is not affected by the lost emulsion. In fact, the portrait itself is very clear with strong clarity and the lost emulsion is barely noticeable at first glance. Housed in partial composition case.
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